Today’s Round Up is full of early holiday fun. Snow is beginning to collect on the Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland and Holiday merchandise is already out in the parks! Even MiceChat is getting into the act as we’ve just announced our Holiday Hoopla event. Tickets are now on sale.  Marty Sklar, Roy P. Disney, Alice Davis and many other special guests are scheduled to attend. All we’re missing is you!  There is also a little bit of spooky fun for you in today’s update as we prepare for Halloween. Trip reports from Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland. There’s even more Limited Time Magic and plenty of updates from Universal Studios and the Hogwarts express. Also! A unique book is making a return. Enjoy the round up and read on!
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Great News About Disneyland Paris from Sketch to Reality
We have great news for those of you who still don’t own a copy of Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality. While the collector’s edition of the book is now sold out, a new “Regular Edition” is in pre-order and anyone who places an order before October 31st will enjoy a special price of  $99.50 – (plus $20 shipping wherever you live on the planet)!  For those of you who have never seen a copy of the book, you’ll find a video presentation below which shows you each of the 320 pages of the book.


MCHHThe MiceChat Holiday Hoopla event • November 16th, ESPN Zone
Get your holiday shopping done early and join Disney legend Marty Sklar (Dream it! Do it!), Roy P. Disney representing Dave Bossert’s book on his father (REMEMBERING ROY E. DISNEY), Mindy Johnson (Tinker Bell: An Evolution), Nancy Rodrigue (Hidden Mickey Adventure books), Sam Gennawey (The Disneyland Story), Don Ballard (Disneyland Hotel books) and more at the first annual MiceChat Holiday Hoopla.  There will be food, fun and fascinating presentations on all things Disney.  You can even get some of your holiday shopping done here as the guests will be selling and signing their newly released books.  Books, bacon and bountiful stories:




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Ancient Origins of Halloween… Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

Today’s Halloween Traditions… The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money. 



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At Disneyland Anaheim, Thor has been visiting with some Disneyland guests, We have a tribute to the Court of Angels,  and Olaf’s Ice Rink will be coming to Downtown Disney. ~ Aladdin

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Mickey’s Halloween Party, Oct 25, 2013
sydthefairebrat made her own Belle Ballgown and took her ‘beast’ to Disneyland for the Halloween Party. Take a look here at her handiwork and some of the photos from their evening!

First Look – Thor: Treasures of Asgard at Disneyland Park
Annual Passholders had a chance to visit Asgard and hold a private audience with Thor himself. And all Disneyland guest will have the same opportunity this coming Friday. We have photos and even a video, along more information about this newest meet and greet!

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Pumpkins/Jack-O-Lanterns at the Disneyland Resort
Barbaraann spent a spookacular three days at the Disneyland Resort, this was her first visit to the park during the fall festivities!

Remembering when…
druggas takes us back in time to remember some of their favorite former Disneyland sights and attractions! Feel free to share yours, as well!

The Court of Angels – Lost Forever
frollofan pays tribute to the most recent part of the Disneyland Resort to be erased from regular guest access, the Court of Angels.

Winter Village Returns To Downtown Disney
Olaf and the cast from Disney’s upcoming animated feature FROZEN, are the inspiration for bringing Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink to Downtown Disney, this holiday season. More details here!



Phineas and Ferb in Epcot? A Pocahontas dark ride? How about relieving congestion in New Orleans Square? Catch up with our armchair imagineers. ~ Trekkie Dad

Phineas & Ferb at Journey into Imagination?
lasttuesday heard from a from a cast member that Phineas and Ferb will be included in a rehab of Journey into Imagination. Think it’s true?

New Hotel Idea
renderman7 has an idea for a Mediterranean resort at Walt Disney World. What do you think?

Pocahontas dark ride?
lasttuesday thinks Disney doesn’t give Pocahontas enough love. How about a dark ride between Frontierland and Fantasyland?

Congestion in New Orleans Square
lasttuesday has an idea for relieving the congestion in New Orleans Square caused by the long queues of the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Holiday versions of Disneyland rides (Xmas + Halloween)
Here’s your chance to come up with even more holiday overlays in Disneyland. toonaspie starts with Halloween for Big Thunder Mountain and Christmas for King Arthur’s Carousel.


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Jingle Cruise
Coming in November, the Jungle Cruise will get made over for the holidays as ‘Jingle Cruise.’

Magic Kingdom Complete Walkthrough
Want to take a virtual walkthrough of the Magic Kingdom? iceicebergha shares the perfect video to see the park.

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MICECHAT PODCAST #12 It’s October which means HALLOWEEN time! Discussion on multiple haunted experiences and attractions for the season including Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios, Empty Grave, The Purge, Blackout, Delusion, and more, plus a big review on the MiceChat Event at Knott’s Scary Farm’s Haunt and post-Trapped talk! Tons of Disney news involving future Star Wars attractions, Iron Man in Hong Kong, and the new Disability Access Service at Disneyland. Get ready for some frightful audio MiceChatters!

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Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly,  where we talk about Phantom Manor, Phantom Canyon Mayor, Haunted Mansion Book, and Madame Leota’s Book! DISNEY HISTORY! — We take a look at the story of Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris in this weeks Disney History! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – We throw a Five Legged Goat at you early on this week and teach you about the Mayor of Phantom Canyon! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George cracks open the revised and expanded The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies — Updated for his Book of the Week! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, our second Five Legged Goat looks at a book that Madame Leota uses!



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Disafterdark Disney Podcast, Series 2 Episode 2 Soaptanian and the three Muskerpauls. ack to the old ways. Paul B(1) and Paul D are drinking ‘Old SPeckled Hen’ and ‘Magners Cider’ respectively, Nick is on Pepsi Max and our guest for the show is on Mountain Dew.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, on this episode we discuss the stranding of  people on Rip, Ride, Rockit and share our listeners thoughts on the ride, as well as other Universal news. We then invite Norm Fishbulb on to the show to talk to us about this years Halloween Horror Nights over in Hollywood.

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Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, Eric & Mike are back with a new episode of the Unofficial Seaworld Podcast, where they interview the creative mind behind Seaworld San Antonio’s Howl-O-Scream event Brian Knowlton.  Along with news, rumors and stories from all 3 SeaWorld parks.

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Window to the Magic, Paul and Calvin visit the Disneyland Resort and find a little Halloween-time Fun.  First, we enjoy the Hillbilly Halloween hijinks of Billy Hill & the Hillbillies and then we journey into outer space, as we ride Ghost Galaxy.  Be sure to listen carefully for an update on our previous splash mountain show and an announcement, too.

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The Season Pass, Part 1 of the Knott’s Haunt 2013 Spectacular! Interviews with Park GM Raffi Kaprelyan, The Academy of Villains, Ted Dougherty and many More! Plus a walk through the Black Magic maze with creator Daniel Miller!

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Producer Dave Bossert from Walt Disney Feature Animation joins us to discuss Roy E. Disney and his new book, “Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life” on this week’s episode of Mousetalgia. Bossert talks about the critical challenges Roy faced as he successfully saved Disney animation and the Disney company in general, and we also discuss Bossert’s role in the preservation of Disney’s classic animated features. In other news, it’s Halloween week, and Mousetalgia has cooked up a potpourri of grim goodies for you in celebration of this holiday or horrors. Kristen describes the wide array of dark delicacies served at the park this season; Jeff shares some audio from the dead man’s “T Party;” and the team discusses more elements of Mickey’s Halloween Party and Halloween Time 2013. Plus – listeners’ trip reports, a review of “Nightmare Before Christmas” Second Screen Live, Kristen attends a “genre-defying” cabaret/burlesque stage presentation of “Nightmare Before Christmas” – and more!

V24 Disney Radio

V24 Radio brings you an “extra magic hour” of Halloween fun!

In addition to the October 31 Halloween Show Schedule already lined up, we’ve added one extra hour to close out the season on V24 Radio.

At 11pm Eastern on October 31, tune in V24 Radio for Grim Grinning Ghosts, Spook-tacular hits from Universal Studios and more. It’s our way of saying THANK YOU for a frightfully fun Halloween season!

Click here to see our entire Halloween Show Schedule for October 31!

Other Theme Parks

First off is a report from an interactive horror play, followed by some news from Universal on both coasts. ~ Trekkie Dad

Delusion Masque of Mortality
madmonkeygirl was blown away by this interactive horror play presented near downtown Los Angeles. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Bill & Ted cancelled
After ‘thoughtful consideration’ the remaining Bill and Ted shows at Universal Studios Hollywood were cancelled, reports Flan.

Starbucks at Universal Orlando
Here’s your chance to weigh in on Starbucks taking over two locations at Universal Studios Orlando.

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Universal Orlando Update: All aboard the Hogwarts Express
All aboard!  It is time for another Universal Orlando update, and this week brings you updates from both parks in the Universal Orlando Resort, along with a peek at the Hogwarts Express train.

Thor comes Disneyland as Halloween Time comes to an end
Disneyland Annual Passholders were treated to a sneak peek of the new Thor: The Dark World movie over the weekend along with a preview of the new Thor: Treasures of Asgard experience inside Tomrorowland’s Innoventions.

Dancin’ Back In Time: Pleasure Island 1989
Pleasure Island opened May 1, 1989 and barely lasted 20 years, closing on September 27, 2008. Pleasure Island was developed as a response to the popular Church Street Station night club area in downtown Orlando.

Monsters University, the Review
George: Pixar’s been on a winning streak since Toy Story. Critics and fans alike question how long Pixar can keep cranking out the hits. Monsters’ Inc has always been a favorite in our house.

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Snowfall and Christmas lights come to Disneyland as Halloween Time winds down
Halloween is still a week away but snow has already fallen on Sleeping Beauty Castle as Disneyland continues to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. This week we’ll fill you in on the latest goings-on.

Spooky Science and The Science of Ripley’s Believe it or Not
The Discovery Science Center in Orange, Ca is probably one of our favorite local places to go and go have family fun.  There is never a dull moment at this interactive hive of learning.

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian — Great inside! Outside… Well, take a look.
The villas themselves are spectacular—exceeding even the high standards of the other DVC resorts at Walt Disney World. But the outside of the building could have been better. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The Villas at.

Three Great Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World
With a plethora of restaurant choices at Walt Disney World, there is something to suit every palate.  If you’re a fan of the typical burger and fries fare one normally finds at a theme park.

SAMLAND: How the Court of Angels Got Its Name
One of the best things about Samland are the readers. You folks are great. I recently posted an article about the Court of Angels that used to be in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square.

Dueling Disney: The Podcast
Wait, what’s this? (As usual, Keith is representing Disneyland, while Jeff represents Walt Disney World) Topic 20: Audio Dueling Disney Keith: So a few months ago, Jeff and I headed into Disneyland with his Zoom.

The MiceEars Crew and MiceChat Disney News Club put a lot of time and effort into making these Round-Ups happen. Here are the members:Your Editor: CakvalaSC and the MiceEars Crew: Demigod, Aladdin, elly, Yoyoflamingo, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ, RegionsBeyond, Disney Wrassler, Fishbulb & Dustysage.

We hope to see you online again soon, Dusty and the amazing MiceChat crew!

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